Staff and Steering Committee

Steering Committee

The Steering committee meets once a month, on the second Monday of the month.  Members serve two years.  Meetings are open to the public.  Please call the office, 610-691-8730, with questions, concerns, & interest.

Carol Baylor of Bethlehem, hails from Dallas, Texas, and is a progressive leftist who loves music, tennis, nature and art. She is a dedicated scissors worker with a political bent. She became involved in LEPOCO in the late 1970s. She is sharing a seat on the Steering Committee with her husband, Mick Baylor.

Mick Baylor of Bethlehem, was raised in the mystic Midwest, and has been involved with LEPOCO since the nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island.  He is a retired professor of European history at Lehigh University.  He is a secular-minded agnostic who is interested in the political and social impact of radical religious movements and in promoting a just, humane and sustainable future.  2018 is his first year on LEPOCO’s steering committee, where he shares a seat with his wife Carol Baylor.

Diane Dilendik of Bethlehem is a long-time member of LEPOCO and has helped with everything from fairs and festivals to Peace Camp.  Most recently she has been a crucial member of the LEPOCO Bike/ Walk-a-thon Planning Committee, the LEPOCO Move Planning Committee, and is the current convener for the LEPOCO Book Group (see their reading list for 2020 in the last issue of this newsletter).  She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia.  She is retired from her work in education and nursing and is a very active volunteer driving others to doctors appointments and such for the Independent Transportation Network/ Lehigh Valley. 

Sharlee DiMenichi of Allentown, has been active in LEPOCO since the age of 14.  She convened the Disarma-ment Working Group and coordinated the 1992 Hiroshima/ Nagasaki observance.  At graduation she was awarded the Baker Peace Prize by Juniata College.  She currently works as a writer (having published a book on the Peace Corps) and as a pre-school teacher.  She previously served on the Steering Committee as co-treasurer.

Margot Hillman of Bethlehem, has been involved with LEPOCO since she moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1982. She has worn many hats in the organization – printer, treasurer, representative to the Mobilization for Survival — and has been a dedicated leader at Peace Camp since the beginning. She recently retired from her job as a computer expert. She previously served multiple terms on the Steering Committee.

Julius Iwantsch of Bethlehem has been a LEPOCO member since the mid-1970s.  He works as a design draftsperson, working mainly with municipal clients.  His interests include questioning U.S. military involvement around the world, military service alternatives for young people, and bringing this country’s reputation up to what it should be — through change. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and home renovations.   He has been co-treasurer for over a decade.

Nancy Johnston of Easton arrived in the Lehigh Valley from West Virginia in the 1970s.  She is a Quaker and has been involved in Peace Camp for 25 years.  She is known for teaching children how to hug trees and love the environment — her own home having been certified as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat.  She participates in the Peace Pilgrimage and has been with the Peace Singers for five years.  She has been an Associate Professor in the Nursing Department at Cedar Crest College for 20 years.

Christine Loch of Coopersburg, has been serving on the Steering Committee for almost two years, having joined LEPOCO after the 2016 election. She is a Regis-tered Nurse and Registered Respiratory Therapist, having worked in many areas of the health care field, including in rural clinics in Kenya. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer at many LEPOCO events. She is completing a doctorate program at Northeastern University.

Dan Miller of Coopersburg has been a member of  LEPOCO for over 20 years.  Dan and his family have been mainstays of Peace Camp since the 1990s — Dan and Ronnie Arena (his wife) as leaders and helpers, and their three young adult daughters were first campers and now are also leaders and helpers.  In 1977, Dan co-founded the Perkiomen Valley Academy, a private day treatment program servicing Montgomery County young people and their families.  He worked at this alternative school for disadvantaged and emotionally disturbed teenagers for 35 years.  Dan is a beekeeper and has coached youth sports for over 20 years.  This is his third term on the Steering Committee.

Janet Ney of Allentown has served as an at-large Steering Committee member for over ten years.  She has been facilitating the Annual Dinner for many years, and is sometimes able to sing with the LEPOCO Peace Singers.  She previously served on the National Committee of the War Resisters League for several years.  Janet is employed by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, having worked for the organization for over 30 years.  She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown and volunteers for the Presbytery of Lehigh.

Tom Stinnett of Riegelsville has served as co-treasurer since 2009, and served a stint as solo treasurer many years ago.  A mechanical engineer, he is mostly retired from his work in the biotechnology equipment field, but still does some consulting work.  He has served as president of Riegelsville Borough Council for many years and is married to LEPOCO staff-person, Nancy Tate.  He has been active in many aspects of LEPOCO’s work since the early 1970s.

Jeff Vitelli of Bethlehem has been a LEPOCO member since the Vietnam era.  His avocations include being a poet, a musician, and an artist.  He is mostly retired from his work as a mental health counselor.  His work in LEPOCO has touched many bases  — among them: Peace Singers, nonviolence training, and writing “The Struggle Shared” column for the LEPOCO Newsletter.  He was one of the Muhlenberg V – remember that historic civil disobedience and First Amendment win.  Joining the Steering Committee at this time is part of his self-care plan.    

Ex Officio:

Nancy Tate

Amanda Zaniesienko

Office Staff:

Nancy Tate

Amanda Zaniesienko